Monsanto volunteers help combat hunger
The food insecurity rate in rural America is higher than the national average. More than three million rural households don’t always know where their next meal will come from. Monsanto Company is committed to combating hunger in rural America, so this November, hundreds of Monsanto employees will help raise awareness of food insecurity by participating in the company’s second annual Rural Hunger Volunteer Month.
“Food insecurity is a reality for many people in this country, even for families in the farming communities where much of the world’s food supply is raised,” said Brenda Cockrell, Monsanto’s global volunteer program manager. “To get food on the tables of those who need it most, collaboration and willing volunteers are essential. That’s why Monsanto is supporting Rural Hunger Volunteer Month.”Nearly 1,000 Monsanto employees volunteered more than 3,800 hours in 96 communities last year as part of the Rural Hunger Volunteer initiative. This year, employees from 80 locations across the U.S., including West Fargo, will again volunteer at local food banks to address the needs of the hungry while generating awareness as winter approaches. Last month, the West Fargo Monsanto site participated in the “Fill the Dome” food drive at the Fargodome. On Nov. 26, Monsanto employees volunteered their time by collecting, boxing and transporting the donated food to the Great Plains Food Bank.“There are many people in communities across the nation where citizens struggle to put food on the table,” said Christine Moore, site outreach lead at the West Fargo Monsanto site. “Participating in this event is a wonderful way to help others, and help our community stay strong and healthy.”Monsanto is dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers live and work. In addition to Rural Hunger Volunteer Month, the company is involved in several other efforts to fight hunger. Monsanto pledged $3 million to Invest an Acre, a partnership which helps farmers support their local food banks. Other efforts include annual food drives at industry tradeshows, which have raised more than 100,000 pounds of food over four years, as well as donations to rural food banks through the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.More information about Monsanto’s commitment to end rural hunger can be found at www.monsanto.com/fightinghunger.